Monthly Archives: November 2011


30 Days of Books- Willful Disobedience

Posted 29 November, 2011 by DLWhite in Writers Read, Writers Write 0 Comments

I’m skipping today’s question– favorite book you own because seriously? I own a lot of books and I love them ALLLLLL. Picking a favorite isn’t happening.

Instead I will yammer about writing and reading. How’s that?

Last week during my luxurious Thanksgiving break, I read three books, which put me a couple of books ahead in the Goodreads Challenge I set for myself. I’m hoping I’ll finish the year over goal, which would be great. I read two books by Hillary Jordan- When She Woke and Mudbound. Both were excellent. I don’t remember the third book… must not have been remarkable. ;)

I am still plugging away on my gift for the Story Exchange. I am on idea #4 now. I mean, at least the ideas keep coming? I’m hoping I have something I can write to the end. Or if it does, that another idea comes to me because… errr. Yeah. It’s due soon!

I think that’s about it from this front. The year is winding down and I’m already thinking about what goals I want to achieve next year.

How about you? Is 2012 knocking on your door already?




30 Days of Books – Day 20 – Favorite romance book

30 Days of Books – Day 20 – Favorite romance book

Day 20 – Favorite romance book I am not really huge on romances. I find them pretty unrealistic and they make me roll my eyes more than anything– and I’m not just talking Harlequin. A romance has to be really good to hold my attention, i.e it has to be more than Bucky and Lucille rolling around in the hay in secret. Probably the only romance author I’ve read is LaVyrle Spencer,author of contemporary and historical romance. She retired from writing in 1997, but before then she published 25 romance novels about much more than romance. Her heroines are not shrinking violets, nor are they shrews. Her male main characters […]



30 Days of Books- Day 19: Fave book turned into a movie

30 Days of Books- Day 19: Fave book turned into a movie

Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie Oddly, I am watching it right now. This movie introduced me to John Grisham. It is his debut novel, The Firm, turned into a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise. Of course, the book is better than the film. From Goodreads: Mitchell McDeere, raised in the coal-mining region of rural Kentucky, has worked hard to get where he is: third in his class at Harvard Law. He’s young. He’s bright. He’s ambitious. Mitch could have the pick of the big firms in New York and Chicago, but he’s chosen the Memphis tax firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke. They’re selective. They […]



30 Days of Books, Day 18- A book that disappointed you

30 Days of Books, Day 18- A book that disappointed you

I skipped yesterday. The ‘favorites’ thing was getting to me. I didn’t have a favorite quote… at least not one that I could wake up from my nap to remember… So we’re on to day 18! Day 18 – A book that disappointed you I am a huge Grisham fan, have read everything he’s written in the legal thriller genre, but I did not like this book. There were several that grew on me about halfway through. This one just never got me. The moment I read about  ‘the drug’ and ‘the big case that could win us millions’, it immediately reminded me of King of Torts, which I enjoyed, but […]



30 Days of Books – Day 16- Fave Female Character

30 Days of Books – Day 16- Fave Female Character

Day 16 – Favorite female character Look at me, posting in my blog every day this week! Anyway, ya’ll knew this was coming, right? “I must confess that I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know”.  – Jane Austen Even if Darcy wasn’t my favorite male character, Elizabeth Bennet has been my favorite female character forever. I love her biting wit, high intelligence, and unmatched strength. I love her sharp tongue (I’ve always admired a woman who can cut a person down without being vulgar. I call it the Julia […]



30 Days of Books – Day 15: Fave Male Character

30 Days of Books – Day 15: Fave Male Character

Day 15 – Favorite male character I think this one will be kind of obvious… and tomorrow, too. He’s the first character that comes to mind when I think of one I love dearly. Fitzwilliam Darcy is the male protagonist in Jane Austen’s classic “Pride and Prejudice”.  I saw the BBC Mini Series before I ever read the novel, so Darcy will forever and always be Colin Firth. Speak nothing of that horrific remake with the most uncharismatic Darcy ever. It’s BBC all the way, baby. I believe what I love about Darcy is that he is the quintessential strong silent type. He is the ultimate gentleman, no matter how […]



30 Days of Books- Day 14: Fave book by fave author

30 Days of Books- Day 14: Fave book by fave author

GAH  I AM HAVING THE SHAKES. Asking me to pick a favorite is something like cruel and unusual punishment. I swear, I don’t have a favorite! SIGH. Well. I’ll go with an author that I’ve read A LOT of, and that would be Mr John Grisham. My favorite book from his repertoire would have to be The Broker. From GoodReads: In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving […]



30 Days of Books – Day 13: Favorite Writer

30 Days of Books – Day 13: Favorite Writer

Day 13 – Your favorite writer I don’t know. Is that a copout? I could be pretentious here and say Jane Austen, but she’s not really my favorite, LOL. There are a few authors out there that I love and I read nearly everything they publish: John Grisham, Jon Lescroart, Gillian Flynn, and back in the day, I loved LaVyrle Spencer. A favorite writer, though? I’m not really sure I have one. I’ve certainly put down a Grisham if I didn’t like it, skipped a Lescroart if the synopsis doesn’t look like something I want to dive into. I’m more turned on by a story, and even if the author is an […]



Snip! It’s Sunday! 11/20

I haven’t done this for awhile, but since I am writing a new story over at the archive, I decided to post a snippet for today. The new story is called Schizophrenic. It uncurls a tale of interruption of the idyllic life of a former popstar who still has one ultra devoted fan. Not only is she obsessive, but she is mentally ill and believes that the pop star is talking to her through his music. This scene is from Chapter 1. My main characters have just returned from their anniversary dinner to find something not quite right about the house. They’re in the car, waiting for the police to […]